What happens on a Root Camp?
Each Root Camp is unique as it takes into account the season, our location, our venue and our chef. Yet regardless, we have a tried and tested format for our courses to maximise learning, fun and adventure – each day is jam packed, yet informal. Root Camps can range from day events, up to week long stays.
Each Root Camp consists of 16 students – from throughout the U.K., from different social, religious and economic backgrounds.
We split into two groups of 8 and for half the day, one group will go into the kitchen to cook lunch with our professional chefs, whilst the other group is in the field’. Out in the field can be activities such as harvesting vegetables, bee keeping, fishing, foraging or milking cows to make cheese.
After lunch the groups swap activities. We eat all our meals together. We often invite supper guests to talk to us about a relevant foodie topic, in areas of sustainability, environment and production. It’s a great opportunity to learn about other people’s working lives in areas that are usually unfamiliar to our participants. In the evenings we enjoy a fire, watching a foodie film, night time strolls or baking bread for breakfast.
Here’s what a the menu and activities plan for a week long Root camp might look like:
Head to our Courses page to read more about the courses we have planned this year, and to book your place.
Root Camp can also arrange bespoke events for you or your company – see here for more information.
What do participants get from a Root Camp?
All students leave Root Camp able to cook simple, healthy, and cost effective meals from scratch…
…and our students understand that what they eat impacts their health, and gain awareness of processed food.
Our activities centre on food provenance which teaches our students to respect and care for the environment.
Interaction with contemporaries and adults from all walks of life teaches our students respect for each other.
The requirement to cook together improves cooperation and collaboration, and develops essential communication skills.
We place our students in new and unfamiliar environments, which builds confidence in exploring the wider world.